• Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has announced plans to upgrade the border wall with Belarus to improve security against unauthorized migration.
  • Tusk expressed concern about the inadequacy of EU asylum legislation to address current migration challenges.
  • Finland’s Prime Minister Petteri Orpo agreed with Tusk on the need for changes to EU asylum law and said there is a critical security situation in the region.

Poland’s prime minister said Friday that his country will upgrade the wall on its border with Belarus to better insulate the border against unauthorized migration.

Donald Tusk also said that both Poland and Finland see the need for changes to the European Union’s asylum legislation, which he described as “inadequate” in the face of the current migration challenges and threats posed by the policies of Russia and Belarus that are pushing the unauthorized migration to the EU.

Tusk spoke alongside Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo after their talks on regional security. Both nations share borders with Russia, while Poland also borders Belarus and Ukraine, which is fighting a war against Russian aggression.

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“Finland and Poland are ready to cooperate towards a tough pan-European policy towards illegal migration,” Tusk said. “We are also interested in a reform of asylum law, because the current legal environment in the European Union is inadequate for the threats posed by the policies of Russia and Belarus.”

Donald Tusk and Petteri Orpo

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, right, shakes hands with Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo during their meeting at the Polish prime minister’s office in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 16, 2024. Tusk said Friday that his country will improve the wall on its border with Belarus to better insulate the border against unauthorized migration. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Tusk said that both Poland and Finland want to cooperate with other nations in the region to strengthen their borders and defenses, and also civil defenses in response to Russia’s aggressive policies.

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Orpo described the current security situation as “critical” and stressed that the two countries will continue to support Ukraine and develop their own cooperation in the defense and arms sector.

By Sam